June 17, 2004
The college roommate of Colin Fisk said he doesn’t know the man who, according to police, confessed to emptying his gun on two longtime friends after taking two hits of crystal methamphetamine.
"It just doesn’t sound like something the Colin I knew would ever consider," said Joe Stone, a financial analyst in Seattle who roomed with Fisk at Arizona State University. "He never impressed me as someone who was into drugs. He was very clean-cut . . . very athletic. The Colin Fisk that I knew then, and I assume would maintain that same value set after college, was someone who was really dedicated to friendship and loyalty."
Fisk, 33, who graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, has been charged in the April 27 deaths of his two friends since grade school, Paul Galvin Chait, 33, of Anthem, and Martin Saul Garcia, 33, of Phoenix, at the Phoenix trucking brokerage that Garcia ran.
"(Fisk’s) purpose in coming to Phoenix was to confront Martin Garcia, whom he claimed had molested his niece," a police report said, referring to an incident that no one, not even the supposed victim, knew about. "It came to him in a vision, a vision made clearer by his drug use," detectives explained.
Months before the shooting, Fisk’s father and brother filed restraining orders against him, saying he was delusional, armed and threatening.
"(Fisk) also said that when he asks his family and friends about certain things in the past, they look away from him and sometimes cry," the report said. "This indicates to him that the events he remembers when taking methamphetamine did occur."
Fisk also told police that as a child he witnessed several murders committed by members of the Scottsdale City Council.
Homicide detectives Raymond Roe and Derrell Branch, in a report of their interview with Fisk, did not question him more about the purported murders he said he saw as a child.
"You are interviewing someone who admittedly has a severe methamphetamine problem. And these people ramble all the time," Phoenix detective Tony Morales said.
James Padish, an attorney hired by Fisk’s family, said Fisk has a history of mental illness and delusions, including what he reportedly saw as a child.
"It’s just symptomatic of how far off the scales Colin was at the time," Padish said.
Fisk said he took two hits of methamphetamine while driving to Phoenix overnight from Durango, Colo., where he had been camping on land owned by his family. He said he never intended to shoot Garcia or Chait. He told police he just wanted to take Garcia to the desert for a talk.
When he walked into the TransRoad trucking brokerage offices, 16042 N. 32nd St., Chait and Garcia were at their desks.
He carried an empty shotgun under a coat draped on his arm. He said he knew Chait would "try to be a hero," and grab it.
He also carried a .40-caliber handgun.
Chait jumped up and Fisk struck him in the face with the butt of the shotgun.
He then pulled the handgun and started yelling orders. Chait was supposed to bind Garcia’s hands with duct tape, but he kept stalling, asking Fisk how to wrap the tape, the report said.
Fisk said he was afraid Chait would try to take the gun away and that, "Paul does not know how to use a gun."
That’s when he fired 10 bullets, two of which struck Chait and five that struck Garcia, killing both men.
Police in New Mexico arrested Fisk that day as he was driving back to Colorado.